West Ham United will travel to Croatia to face Dinamo Zagreb as they begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday. After finishing sixth in the Premier League last season the Hammers earned automatic qualification while their hosts were eliminated in the Champions League qualifying rounds. Here is our expert guess on Dinamo vs West Ham football prediction, team news, and lineup for the Europa League match of the season.
Danijel Zagorac is on standby and the goalkeeper, who missed the weekend game, is doubtful here due to an injury.
With Dino Peric out, youngster Josip Sutalo could take the place of new signing Emir Dilaver at the back.
Captain Arijan Ademi should be ready to start in the Dinamo engine room after he made a timely comeback from injury on the bench over the weekend.
From the weekend’s victory, wing-backs Bartol Franjic and Stefan Ristovski were absent but are expected to return.
David Moyes has a fully fit squad to choose from and he is likely to rotate after fielding an unchanged starting XI in each of the league’s first four games.
New signings Alphonse Areola and Kurt Zouma are expected to arrive, and Nikola Vlasic could make his home debut.
Michail Antonio may start again as he is suspended for the match against Manchester United this weekend.
Dinamo vs West Ham Prediction
Since a memorable comeback victory over Tottenham in the round of 16 last season, Dinamo Zagreb will face English and indeed London opposition for the first time.
After looking a little leggy against Southampton last weekend West Ham may reshuffle their deck but Moyes will be confident in the squad depth he has built after a productive transfer window.
Having reached the quarter-finals last year the hosts will expect to compete in this competition and will hope that home advantage is sufficient following a shock defeat in Champions League qualifying to Moldovan outfit FC Sheriff.
We see Thursday’s game finishing level in a result that will be relatively pleasing to both sides in what should undoubtedly be a closely fought encounter. Despite the fact that Moyes may call on several squad players, West Ham’s front line should be able to escape with a result.
Dinamo Zagreb possible starting lineup: Zagorac; Lauritsen, Sutalo, Theopile-Catherine; Ristovski, Ademi, Misic, Franjic; Orsic, Petkovic, Ivanusec
West Ham United possible starting lineup: Areola; Fredericks, Zouma, Ogbonna, Johnson; Kral, Noble; Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Bowen; Antonio
Our Prediction: Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 West Ham United
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